What criteria do you use to gauge how much you understand another culture? How do you rank these criteria in terms of their importance? How objective is your ranking and what are the factors influencing it? What characteristics must someone from a different culture exhibit – what knowledge must they possess for you to consider them well-assimilated or at least well-versed in your culture? What are the things you need to do or say or prove in order to assure someone that you really understand their culture and vice versa? What criteria do you think someone else from a culture different from yours may use to measure your understanding of their culture? I often wonder about these things. Continue Reading →
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I don’t quite remember the things that I had planned to do today. I vaguely recall that they are important — some of them even urgent. But it doesn’t matter now, because all of them are shot to you know where thanks to Mr. David Adam Edelstein who alerted my attention to a collection of Thai fashion magazine photos from 1968. One thing led to another, and, next thing I knew, I had fallen down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos featuring music of The Impossible, one of the most famous Thai bands from the late 60s to the early 70s.
And that’s how I stumbled upon this 93-minute video which manages to let you listen to some of the band’s hits as well as feast your eyes on food (mostly Thai) in one fell swoop. Quite a feat.
What do Thai retro pop music and food have in common? Who knows? Apparently, YouTube member, micro25years, who uploaded the video, sees the connection. Her reasons, if there are any, remain unfathomable to me. But that’s why this is all very intriguing. Also, what’s the harm in looking at pictures of food while listening to music?
The highlight, for me, is between 1:17:47 and 1:20:26. It features a song about a man so in love with a woman he’s oblivious to everything including whether or not she’s been spoken for; it also shows you photos of beef noodle soup, green papaya salad (with roe crabs?), northeastern Thai sour sausage (Sai Krok Isan), some kind of fondue (Thai-style sukiyaki?), a loy kaew of what appears to be jackfruit, and iced coffee.
The 1:07:01 mark where you get to hear a knock-off of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction opening guitar riff while staring at green mango salad is also pretty cool.
If you need help identifying any dish in the video, leave the request in the comment section, pinpointing the exact time mark where the dish is found.
To allow you to season your noodles to taste, noodle shops in Thailand always provide a seasoning caddy containing different condiments which they deem appropriate for the types of noodles which they offer. This is because most noodle dishes in Thailand are seasoned moderately when they leave the cook’s hand — it’s intentional — so that you can season your meal further to suit your taste. Vinegar with pickled chilies is almost always among these condiments which the people in Thailand consider essential to their noodle experience. Continue Reading →
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